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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Lawmakers Want To Ban Gas Vehicles From Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network
An electric vehicle is charging up outside of the Oregon capitol.

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

A House committee Friday approved a measure that would allow a fine of up to $250.

"It came to me actually from a constituent who is an electric vehicle owner and who would drive up to spots that are reserved, and find them occupied by a non-electric vehicle,” said Democratic Rep. Jeff Reardon, the measure's chief sponsor.

Reardon said shutting a legitimate user out of a chance to juice up can be a huge inconvenience. The measure now advances to a vote by the full Oregon House.

A similar law is already on the books in Washington state. Poaching an electric vehicle spot there can get you a $124 fine.